In partnership with county and local municipal governments, private lending institutions, and nonprofit partners, NWNEPA provides services to help improve the safety, energy efficiency and overall quality of our community’s housing structures. Our staff works directly with homeowners, property inspectors, and qualified contractors to ensure that all work performed is to the highest standards. NWNEPA currently administers the following programs:
Home Matters Repair Initiative
The Home Matters Repair Initiative brings together local volunteers to assist elderly homeowners with interior and exterior painting, landscaping and yard clean-up, and other home repairs and modifications. Applicants are selected based on need and the availability of assistance, and all work is done by volunteers at no cost to the homeowner!
Light the Town
Through our Light the Town program, NWNEPA provides free solar-powered exterior security lights to homeowners in Lackawanna County. The lights, which are installed by volunteers free of charge, are meant to make homes and neighborhoods safer by lighting up dark areas at night.
Scranton Homebuyer Assistance Program
The Scranton Homebuyer Assistance Program (SHAP) provides financial assistance for exterior home repairs. Eligible homebuyers who purchase a home in Scranton can receive up to $5,000 for exterior home repairs and improvements, including (but not limited to) roofing, siding, windows, doors, porches, fences, landscaping, and sidewalks.
To qualify, the home must be located in the City of Scranton and the sale price must be no more than $120,000. Homebuyers must apply prior to closing and agree to participate in NeighborWorks’ homebuyer education program.